2017 'Keep It Wild' Eco-Art Competition

Winners announced!

Isabella State Schoo's 'Eco Eddie' was named a runner-up in Wet Tropics Management Authority's 'Keep it Wild' eco-art competition. Photographer: Samuel Davis

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has joined students, parents and teachers at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Centre to celebrate their contributions to the annual 'Keep it Wild' eco-art competition. 

More than 50 entries from 10 schools across the region entered the competition, crafting sculptures inspired by the World Heritage Area’s outstanding natural beauty and magnificent sweeping landscapes.  

See amazing photos of 'Keep it Wild' sculptures on our Facebook page

The competition, now in its eighth year, reaches out to primary school children to create fun and inventive original works inspired with an environmental message.

This year's theme - 'Living Lightly' - set entrants the task of building a sculpture from rubbish that reflects sustainable living in the tropics.

The Authority's Executive Director Scott Buchanan says the quality of work and level of creativity was outstanding.

Works contributed by students between grades prep-to-three and grades four-to-six were split into separate judging categories with 11 finalists named.

Isabella State School’s beautiful ‘Four-sided butterfly’ beat out Redlynch State College's 'giant jellyfish' in the junior category while Atherton State School's grade four and Woree State School’s grade five students were named co-winners in the older category.

All artwork will be on display at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre through the school holidays finishing Sunday, 2 July. Selected artworks will be showcased for an extended period.

Winning class entries receive a variety of prizes courtesy of our sponsors Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Cairns Harbour and Sunset Cruises, Cairns Regional Council and the Authority.

All finalists received a copy of Julia Cooper’s new book 'Paddy O'Melon, the Irish Kangaroo' by Julia Cooper courtesy of Wet Tropics Management Authority.  



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